Places, People and Visual Stories

Everyone has a story…

Every human being is excited about sharing a story gathered or an episode that he or she has been part of.

The journey of humankind in itself is a fascinating one and what would it be like to have a story from each of the six billion :With such a diversity –  roots of origin, culture, language – and the folklore that gets passed on, apart from the events each one is part of! What a documentation it will be.

All those places that I have been part of since childhood, have changed dramatically over the last couple of decades. The visual captures over years of the same place does not have any trace of the past. With this oral story telling tradition, a lot of emotions gets retained in the human folklore. This is a small contribution towards that spirit of humanity!
 

Darjeeling station, India
Darjeeling station, India

 
 
 
 
 

If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life.
-Anon.

 
 
 
 
 

Mohala Ganesh Mandir, Pune
Mohala Ganesh Mandir, Pune

 
 
 
 
 

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact – Robert McKee
 
 
 
 
 

Palace, Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan
Palace, Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan

 
 
 
 
 

If history were taught in the form of stories,
it would never be forgotten

 – Rudyard Kipling

 
 
 
 
 

Kohima, Nagaland, India
Kohima, Nagaland, India

 
 
 
 
 

Beyond Bhimtal, India
Beyond Bhimtal, India

 
 
 
 
 

Their story, yours and mine — it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and
we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.

— William Carlos Williams

 
 
 
 
 

Thiksey monastry, Ladakh, India
Thiksey monastry, Ladakh, India

 
 
 
 
 

…Without a story you have not got a nation, or culture, or civilization.
Without a story of your own, you haven’t got a life of your own.
—Laurens Van der Post

 
 
 
 
 

Budhvar pett, Pune, India
Budhvar pett, Pune, India

 
 
 
 
 

Greater Noida, India
Greater Noida, India

 
 
 
 
 

Vrindavan, India
Vrindavan, India

 
 
 
 
 

Minakshi Temple, Madurai, India
Minakshi Temple, Madurai, India

 
 
 
 
 

People did not wait until there was writing before they told stories and sang songs.
— Albert Bates Lord

 
 
 
 
 

Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi
Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi

 
 
 
 
 

Jahangir art gallery, Mumbai
Jahangir art gallery, Mumbai

 
 
 
 
 

We are lonesome animals.
We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome.

One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say and to feel
‘Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it.’

You’re not as alone as you thought.
— John Steinbeck

 
 
 
 
 

Koyambeedu, Chennai, India
Koyambeedu, Chennai, India

 
 
 
 
 

Sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

 
 
 
 
 

 Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it
-Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

 
 
 
 
 

Puri, Odisha, India
Puri, Odisha, India

 
 
 
 
 

Jama Masjid, Delhi
Jama Masjid, Delhi

 
 
 
 
 

Ghats of Varanasi, India
Ghats of Varanasi, India

 
 
 
 
 

To be a person is to have a story to tell.
—Isak Dinesen

 
 
 
 
 

Sattal, Uttaranchal, India
Sattal, Uttaranchal, India

 
 
 
 
 

Calangute, Goa, India
Calangute, Goa, India

 
 
 
 
 

Ajmer to Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Ajmer to Jodhpur, Rajasthan

 
 
 
 
 

People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being.
Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too.
It goes from one generation to another.
— Studs Terkel

 
 
 
 
 

during Mahakumbh, Haridwar, India
during Mahakumbh, Haridwar, India

 
 
 
 
 

Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Srinagar, Kashmir, India

 
 
 
 
 

You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.
-Anthony De Mello

 
 
 

Ravivar Pett, Pune
Ravivar Pett, Pune, India

 
 
 
 
 

Fort, Mumbai
Fort, Mumbai, India

 
 
 
 
 

Floating market, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir
Floating market, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir

 
 
As Robert R. Archibald in his work, A Place to Remember: Using History to Build Community [(Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1999), p. 150.], says –

“Places are produced in that wonderful interaction of people, place, narrative, and time. When the people desert these places, narratives are forgotten, ties break, and the place is unmade. What is un-remembered in abandonment cannot be re-remembered in transient automobile suburbs with too few places for shared experience and story making. The extreme is amnesia, and it means that those afflicted do not know who they are anymore. They are disoriented, isolated, and robbed of the ability to recognize emotional attachments to others. The sufferers do not have a coherent story anymore. Un-remembering is the enemy of good places and of public history.”

True. Continue your story telling and keep the world an exciting one for generations to come!

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12 responses

  1. good narration and fotos too. good way of story telling. it is audio (through words) visual effect. good luck dear srinivasan.

    April 17, 2012 at 6:15 am

    • Thanks Krishna for your appreciation and encouragement.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

  2. I loved the way you depicted a Story here Srinivasan, its different and speaks volumes. Great Going. some of the pictures above are just way too good. All the best my friend. Catch you soon, either shooting or playing Djembe or u never u know what …….

    April 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    • Thanks Sundreysh for leaving your imprint. Will catch up soon…

      April 25, 2012 at 6:04 am

  3. Thanks Dmitrii and airsquadron for visiting, going through the photo story and liking my post.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

  4. Beautiful composition and photos!

    May 5, 2012 at 5:38 am

    • Thanks for visiting and leaving your appreciating foot prints! Kindly revisit to check out the latest large format! Changed last evening.

      Will keep myself updated with your postings.

      Love and regards.

      May 6, 2012 at 5:18 am

  5. Indeed everyone has a story. Capturing that story is the real challenge.
    You did it perfectly with some excellent images and lovely descriptions.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:33 am

    • Thanks Apratim for visiting and leaving a lovely feedback.

      May 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

  6. Till I started my blog mid Jan, I barely carried my camera around except when I went on holiday and that too, just to record memories. I now see things in a totally different perspective! And notice things I mostly took for granted before. You are right, it would be phenomenal if we could get everyone to tell THEIR stories! Thank you for sharing yours!

    May 9, 2012 at 6:16 am

    • Glad that you started carrying your camera. I am wondering how do you travel so much. Are you currently blogging from now in Latin America or Europe? or You are now fulfilling the desire to blog all your travels!! ;))

      May 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

      • Very much in Chennai, chronicling pas travels!

        May 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

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